alcohol poisoning-people overdose on the drug alcohol just like with hard drugs the drug alcohol is physically addictive with horrible physical side effects from withdrawal, just like hard drugs Why isn't alcohol considered a hard drug, and made illegal because of that? Alcohol is a dangerous drug. You see how I called alcohol a "drug". It is a drug and for the sake of serious discussion it should be viewed as such. Don't let its social acceptability make you think "it's just a beverage". Why isn't alcohol classified as a hard drug? It has more in common with hard drugs than it does with tobacco.